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Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources
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Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery.

Key takeaways

  • The Heart Foundation is committed to supporting Australians who have recently experienced a heart event and their carers.
  • You can access our free support program and resources to help you understand and manage your condition and return to your version of a quality of life.
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My Heart, My Life  program - Heart attack and angina   

If you have recently experienced a heart attack or angina (link) event you can register for our free My Heart, My Life program. Friends and family who support you are also encouraged to register. The program offers free print resources, email and text journeys, webpage content and support calls from our qualified health professionals at the Heart Foundation Helpline 13 11 12.

Register for the My Heart, My Life Support Program

My Heart, My Life: Managing your heart health booklet

My Heart, My Life is a resource with practical advice and assistance to understand and manage your heart health. The booklet can help you understand heart disease, treatments and tests, and how you can look after your heart health in hospital and after leaving. This booklet is for those diagnosed with heart disease and their support people. 
 

Other resources available

If you would like to talk to a qualified health professional about your heart health, free call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12. 
 

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Alcohol action plan

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Heart Foundation Walking

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About the Lighthouse Hospital Project

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What is a heart attack?

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Blood pressure action plan

Key steps that can help you manage your blood pressure....

Heart health information in your language

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A selection of heart health information brochures in a range languages...

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Cardiac rehab is proven to keep you out of hospital and reduce your risk of death from heart conditions....

Active Living NSW

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Active Living NSW

Active Living NSW supports physical activity and healthy built environments in NSW ...

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Cardiac rehabilitation information for health professionals

Cardiac rehabilitation information for health professionals

Useful cardiac rehabilitation resources for health professionals....

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Key steps that can help you manage your cholesterol and triglyceride levels....

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Explore our guide for driving and heart attack recovery. ...

Blueprint for an active Australia 

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Blueprint for an active Australia 

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Diabetes action plan

Diabetes action plan

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This is a guide to how you might be feeling after a heart attack. ...

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Cardiac arrest at 26: adjusting to a new ‘normal’

Cardiac arrest at 26: adjusting to a new ‘normal’

End of Financial Year Tax Receipt

End of Financial Year Tax Receipt

End of Financial Year Tax Receipt

Looking to claim your donations in your tax return this financial year?...

Sorting out your finances after a heart attack

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Sorting out your finances after a heart attack

Explore how to manage your financial concerns after a heart attack. ...

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From diagnosis at 37 to heart surgery, rehab and now

Claude Lam, Open heart surgery survivor...

Get heart attack recovery emails

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Get heart attack recovery emails

The Heart Foundation has designed a series of emails to help people who've had heart attacks (and their loved ones) through their recovery....

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Eating healthy foods can help you recover and reduce your risk of more heart problems. ...

Community Speakers’ Program

Community Speakers’ Program

The Speakers’ Program connects the community with the Heart Foundation....

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Would you like to improve the cardiovascular health of your patients?...

Heart attack medication

Heart attack medication

Heart attack medication

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Dan was six minutes into his treadmill session when his heart stopped beating....

The Heart Foundation Community

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The Heart Foundation Community

We need your opinion, experience and skills to help us improve the heart health of all Australians. ...

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Confidential. Personal. Reliable.

Got a question about your heart?...

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Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Get the facts on quitting and how it can help you recover. ...

Debbie's heart story

Debbie's heart story

Debbie's heart story

Debbie decided to give cardiac rehab a go and hasn’t looked back since. ...

Nutrition action plan

Nutrition action plan

Heart procedures and devices

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Heart procedures and devices

If you have a heart condition, your doctor may recommend treatment or procedures...

Cardiac arrest at 33: the challenges of restarting your life

Cardiac arrest at 33: the challenges of restarting your life

Cardiac arrest at 33: the challenges of restarting your life

Emma shares her story and opens up about her emotional struggles....

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Our programs and initiatives

The Heart Foundation delivers innovative, evidence-based programs and initiatives to support and prevent heart disease in Australia...

Long-term recovery after a heart attack

Long-term recovery after a heart attack

Long-term recovery after a heart attack

Information to help you adjust to what could be the 'new normal'...

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Gerry had heart attack warning signs on his dream holiday.

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Physical activity action plan

Physical activity action plan

Nutrition after a heart attack

Nutrition after a heart attack

Nutrition after a heart attack

Discover key information on heart-healthy eating and drinking....

Heart health submissions to Government

Heart health submissions to Government

Every day we are lobbying government and industry to improve heart health....

Psychological and social health action plan

Psychological and social health action plan

Key steps that can help you manage your emotional health....

Physical activity after a heart attack

Physical activity after a heart attack

Physical activity after a heart attack

Discover what you need to know about being active after a heart attack....

Meditation helped Grant recover from his heart attack

Meditation helped Grant recover from his heart attack

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Quit smoking action plan

Quit smoking action plan

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Relationships and sex after a heart attack

Explore some useful things to know about intimacy after a heart attack....

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Supporting Young Hearts Program

Information and resources for health professionals who are treating patients between 18 - 40 years of age....

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Discover how to plan for your return to work....

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Improving the design of our cities, towns, streets and buildings makes it easier for Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....

Support after a heart attack

Support after a heart attack

Support after a heart attack

Many different thoughts may go through your head after a heart attack and you may be presented with complicated medical info. Know where to get support. ...

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

We've been working on several projects with local governments across Tasmania, big and small....

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The Heart Collective

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Heart Foundation Tick

Heart Foundation Tick

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Heart Safe Community

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Heart Safe Community

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Helen's heart story

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Helen's heart story

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Kim shares the emotional and physical upheaval experienced on her journey to diagnosis and recovery....

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I’m a mum and I survived a heart attack

Nicola, mum of 2, shares her heart attack recovery story....

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Improving food supply

Improving food supply

The Heart Foundation supports initiatives that guide people to healthier food and drink choices. ...

Jo's heart story

Jo's heart story

Jo's heart story

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Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

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Margaret's heart story

Margaret's heart story

Margaret's heart story

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My health for life program

My health for life program

My health for life program

The Heart Foundation is a proud supporter of the Queensland My health for life program...

Norm discovered he was at risk of a major heart attack just in the nick of time

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Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

The program works with local communities to improve heart healthcare in Pilbara communities...

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Fit, active and healthy – Sharon wasn’t expecting a heart attack

Fit, active and healthy – Sharon wasn’t expecting a heart attack

Fit, active and healthy – Sharon wasn’t expecting a heart attack

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State based advocacy

State based advocacy

State based advocacy activity supporting local communities...

Supporting local Councils in South Australia

Supporting local Councils in South Australia

Supporting local Councils in South Australia

Resources to help support your council region to be healthy, connected and safe....

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

We want to make it easier for South Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Advice from young people living with a heart condition....

The NSW Cardiac Rehabilitation Working Group

The NSW Cardiac Rehabilitation Working Group

Walk away from heart disease

Walk away from heart disease

Walk away from heart disease

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When The Heart Gets Heavy: Emotional Wellbeing and Heart Conditions

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Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Our range of clinical and patient support resources are available for you to use in your daily practice....

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Full list of clinical guidlines and references for CVD, heart failure, ACS, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, SCAD and RHD...

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join the Heart Foundation community. Together, we can make a real difference for Australian hearts. ...

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

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Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Try our Heart Age Calculator to understand what contributes to your risk of heart disease....

What is FoodTrack?

What is FoodTrack?

Foodtrack supports the collection and monitoring of nutrition and product data for foods and beverages in Australian supermarkets. ...

What is coronary heart disease?

What is coronary heart disease?

What is coronary heart disease?

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Sit less, move more

Sit less, move more

Sit less, move more

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Pregnancy and heart disease

Pregnancy and heart disease

Information and resources for health professionals....

Our research stories

Our research stories

Our research stories

We fund amazing researchers who have important stories to tell...

Women's heart stories

Women's heart stories

Women's heart stories

Women's stories from around Australia...

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Discover more about our various funding programs, requirements, and application dates now....

Salad recipes

Salad recipes

Salad recipes

Search through our tasty salad recipes...

Types of physical activity

Types of physical activity

Types of physical activity

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Heart procedures and devices

Heart procedures and devices

Heart procedures and devices

If you have a heart condition, your doctor may recommend treatment or procedures...

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

The program works with local communities to improve heart healthcare in Pilbara communities...

Absolute CVD risk clinical guidelines

Absolute CVD risk clinical guidelines

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Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Find heart healthy Italian recipes....

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

The Australian Guideline for Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease (2nd Edition)​....

Mental health and heart disease

Mental health and heart disease

Mental health and heart disease

Having a mental health condition can have a negative impact on your heart health and increase your risk of heart disease....

Heart attack recovery – quit smoking

Heart attack recovery – quit smoking

Heart attack recovery – quit smoking

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Absolute CVD risk charts

Absolute CVD risk charts

Absolute CVD risk charts provide a visual tool to calculate CVD risk for use in practice in Australia....

10 ways to get the right balance of fats 

10 ways to get the right balance of fats 

10 ways to get the right balance of fats 

Getting the right balance of fats in your diet can improve your heart health....

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Discover how to plan for your return to work....

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes and heart disease

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Relationships and sex after a heart attack

Relationships and sex after a heart attack

Relationships and sex after a heart attack

Explore some useful things to know about intimacy after a heart attack....

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking

Learn more about Heart Foundation Walking and find your local walking group....

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in South Australia

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in South Australia

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in South Australia